The Luka Modric affair last summer highlighted the difference in wage structures between Spurs and some of our Premiership rivals and while the club has gone on to show the Croatian that he is better off from a playing point of view where he is, that structure may still need to be addressed.
The arrival of Emmanuel Adebayor on loan from Manchester City, where he is reported to be on £170,000 a week also showed the disparity.
While Spurs seem unlikely at this stage to even come close to Ade’s current deal, The Daily Mail today suggests that Spurs will have a big clearout in the summer in order to fund a permanent transfer for the Togolese while providing an improved offer for Luka.
The report claims that the club have offered Ade around £100k a week plus a signing on fee and other bonuses and while he is happier with life in the capital, Spurs’ offer still represents a significant drop on his Man City deal.
The players the Mail claim will be offloaded are Heurelho Gomes, Sebastien Bassong, Vedran Corluka, David Bentley, Jermaine Jenas and Giovani Dos Santos. Fringe players with little or no future at the club but if they leave, where is the cover in the squad?
The Mail may be a little wide of the mark but the question of Adebayor’s future will be one of the biggest talking points this summer. Should Spurs do all they can to secure a permanent transfer?